Wife of missing doctor filed for divorce same day he vanished off his boat

Published: August 12, 2022 6:38 PM EDT
Updated: August 13, 2022 6:22 AM EDT

An intensifying search for the disappearance of a well-known doctor last seen at the Naples Bay Marina leaving his boat called Vitamin Sea.

Court records show Chaundre Cross’ wife filed for divorce on Wednesday, the same day he vanished. While the boat’s been found and is sitting in Sanibel, so far, no trace of Doctor Cross.

The search is focused out into the Gulf of Mexico between Naples and Sanibel, where the Coast Guard found Cross’s boat.

Thursday evening the boat, a 34-foot Sea Ray named Vitamin Sea, was found undamaged but Cross was not on board.

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The boat that belongs to Doctor Cross that was found Thursday. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Ayla Hudson is a public affairs specialist for the United States Coast Guard and shared some thoughts with WINK News.

“The Coast Guard searched throughout the night and was not able to locate Dr. Cross,” said Hudson.

“Every search is unique, so there’s never a set amount moment of time or efforts. It’s really based on numerous factors such as the individual or people that are missing,” said Hudson. “The weather conditions, the water condition and the circumstances of which they ended up lost or in the water.”

The Coast Guard said that the boat will remain anchored where it was found.

“For the time being, the boat has been left anchored at its location that it was found at so local law enforcement can do whatever they need to do for their side of the investigation,” said Hudson.

Crews from station Fort Myers Beach and air station Clearwater will continue searching for Cross by water and air.

“I really can’t speculate on the chance of survival because I don’t know him,” said Hudson. “There’s too many unknowns, but we’re just going to continue our best efforts as much as we can to finding him.”

The Coast Guard said they’re in touch with the family and they’re not sure yet if the search will continue into the night.